Frank Stoltze


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Frank Stoltze is an award-winning correspondent who currently covers criminal justice and public safety issues for KPCC.

Frank reports on racial bias, community policing, gangs, the use of force, technology, and generally what works and what doesn’t at law enforcement agencies in the region.

Over more than two decades in Southern California, Frank has covered L.A. City Hall, national political conventions and all manner of breaking news – from the Rodney King riots to wildfires, earthquakes and the death of Michael Jackson. His awards include Golden Mikes for coverage of Skid Row and a documentary on the historic recall of California Governor Gray Davis.

Frank was named a Distinguished Journalist by the L.A. Society of Professional Journalists and was twice awarded Radio Journalist of the Year by the L.A. Press Club. He was a Guggenheim Fellow at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Center on Media, Crime and Justice and USC’s Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism.

After graduating from Southern Methodist University, Frank first reported for radio in San Luis Obispo, covering the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. He is a contributor to NPR, the BBC, The Takeaway and The California Report. Frank is based at KPCC’s downtown bureau, a stone's throw from Central Market tortas.

Stories by Frank Stoltze

Prop 19 battle heats up with $1 million from George Soros

The battle to legalize marijuana in California is heating up in the final days of the campaign.

Cooley says he'd be a nonpartisan attorney general

The race for California attorney general pits Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley against San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris. Both are career prosecutors. The similarities stop there. Harris bills herself as an innovator. Cooley says he’s a by-the-book lawman.

Fiorina hospitalized with infection related to breast cancer surgery [Updated]

U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina entered a hospital today, and it's unclear when she'll be able to resume campaigning. A statement from her campaign says the Republican challenger to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer has an infection from surgery she underwent this summer.

National GOP group targets Calif. attorney general candidate Kamala Harris

A national Republican group has purchased more than one million in TV ads attacking the Democratic Party’s nominee for California Attorney General, Kamala Harris. National GOP groups are flush with campaign cash this year, and are able to exert influence in more races than in the past.

Whitman struggling to close the deal with Latinos

Latino voters make up about a fifth of the electorate in California. They’re overwhelmingly Democratic. Meg Whitman had hoped to win over enough to beat Jerry Brown in the race for governor.

Meg Whitman campaigns in Los Angeles

Republican Meg Whitman campaigned in South Gate Thursday, following a poll that indicated she trails Democrat Jerry Brown by eight points in the governor’s race.

Whitman, Brown target Latino voters in gubernatorial race

Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown are trying to win over Latino voters in this year’s gubernatorial race. For months, Whitman’s targeted them with ads in two languages. Brown’s labor union allies recently launched an ad campaign called “Cambiando California” – Spanish for “Change California.” Whitman faces the tougher sell to a constituency that’s traditionally voted Democratic.

LAPD officer dies in Afghanistan

For the second time this year, a Los Angeles police officer has died in Afghanistan.

Director of LA County Child, Family Services responds to new child death numbers

Documents show that the number of deaths of children of the the care of Los Angeles County's Department of Children and Family Services is higher than previously thought, according to the Los Angeles Times. The largest change was a revision of this year's number from 6 to 21. Trish Ploehn, director of the L.A. County DCFS, appeared on KPCC's "Patt Morrison" to respond.

Villaraigosa proposes changes to police pensions

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today unveiled a pension reform proposal that requires newly hired police officers and firefighters to work more years before they qualify for enhanced retirement benefits.

Sarah Palin rallies for Republicans in Anaheim

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin urged Republican conservatives in California to go the polls during a rally Saturday in Anaheim.

Brown, Whitman spar over capital gains tax cut

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown Thursday warned that Republican Meg Whitman’s plan to eliminate capital gains taxes would require deep cuts in education.

Meg Whitman campaigns at Philippe's Restaurant

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman stopped by Philippe's Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday for what’s known in politics as some retail campaigning. It also provided a good photo opportunity of Whitman shaking hands with voters. Not all were enamored.

Whitman, Brown clash in feisty, freewheeling debate

Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown Tuesday night faced off in their final face-to-face confrontation before voters decide who should be the next governor November 2. The exchange highlighted their political differences, and provided a forum for more nasty jabs that have often dominated the campaign.

LA County extends program to screen inmates' immigration status

Over the objections of immigrant rights activists, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to extend a program where sheriff’s officials screen the immigration status of jail inmates.